Fighting for a safer, fairer road transport industry!

Being a truckie is Australia’s most dangerous job. For over 20 years TWU members have been fighting for safe, fair rates for truck drivers and safer roads for all Australians.

Safe Rates guarantees that every truckie on our roads is behind the wheel of a well-maintained vehicle, won’t have to risk falling asleep on the job just to make a living and isn’t trying to meet an impossible deadline.

What do we want?

For every truck driver – from employee to subbie - to have rates and conditions of work that ensure they’re paid for every hour, every kilometre and every cost.

What are we doing?

Our Campaign for Safe Rates has continued over more than 20 years.

By combining workplace organising with community, political and industrial action, we’ve has some big wins including:
  • Establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal – a dedicated forum for the road transport industry
  • Strong National TWU agreements with major transport companies like Toll and Linfox

Find out more about the latest in our Safe Rates campaign.

How can you get involved?

There are a few ways you can get involved in our fight for a safer and fairer road transport industry:

And don’t forget to sign-up for campaign updates!

  • Road Safety Tribunal Demise Seems Costly

    December 13

    AFR Letters to the Editor, by TWU National Secretary Tony Sheldon, 11 December 2016
    This week we passed the 100th death in truck crashes since the federal government tore down the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal in April, which was providing a solution to the carnage. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and communities that have been left devastated. Malcolm Turnbull was well aware what the effect of abolishing the tribunal would be: his own report released this year on the tribunal shows the orders it made would cut truck crashes by 28 per cent. Quite simply, this tribunal was saving lives. It was investigating the pressures on truck drivers to speed, drive long hours, skip mandatory rest breaks and overload their vehicles.

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  • Transport Workers Union Calls For Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Restoration

    December 13

    The Canberra Times, by Emily Baker, 9 December 2016
    The truckies' union has called for the reinstatement of the road safety watchdog following the death of more than 100 people in truck crashes since it was scrapped by the government in April.

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  • TWU Stance Backed By Albanese

    December 13

    Owner Driver, 9 December 2016
    Shadow transport minister Anthony Albanese has added his voice to Transport Workers Union (TWU) criticism of federal government funding of fatigue research.

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  • Federal Government Wastes Taxpayers’ Money On Truck Driver Fatigue Research

    December 08

    TWU MEDIA RELEASE, 8 December 2016
    The Federal Government has announced it will spend over $800,000 of taxpayers’ money on research into truck driver fatigue, despite tearing down a tribunal this year which was tackling the problem.

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  • 100 Killed In Truck Crashes Since Turnbull Tore Down Road Safety Watchdog

    December 05

    TWU Media Release, 5 December 2016
    The death toll in truck crashes has reached 100 since the Federal Government in April scrapped a road safety watchdog which was investigating the pressures on truck drivers that lead to safety risks.

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